Texans WR Brandin Cooks says team must ‘get on the same page’

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Where there is smoke, there is fire, and the smoke emanating from Kirby Drive near Houston Texans’ headquarters is a tire fire inside a dumpster fire given the peculiar standoff with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Texans receiver Brandin Cooks joined CBS Sports Network’s “Tiki & Tierny” on Feb. 1 to talk about the state of the team after just one month of the offseason.

Co-host Brandon Tierney asked Cooks if the Texans were indeed dysfunctional as they appear to the outside world.

“You come in guns blazing asking a question like that,” Cooks remarked. “But I respect the courage to do that. But honestly it’s a lot going on. Everyone is going through stuff. Obviously in the media it seems like our team is going through a lot more. But some of those nuances, I can’t speak on that. That’s not between me and the team. That’s between other guys.”

The problem for Houston is one that had plagued them throughout their 4-12 season in 2020: players not forming the necessary cohesion to overcome the sundry challenges that crop up throughout the 16-game campaign. In a similar regard, Houston is facing offseason challenges, and the same inconsistency is curtailing the team’s progress.

“At the end of the day, I do got to say we got to get our stuff together, and everyone get on the same page however that looks,” said Cooks. “That’s for them to be able to make that decision. We shouldn’t be the focus in this way, and hopefully this ends sooner than later.”

Watson has requested a trade from the Texans, but new general manager Nick Caserio has gone on the record to state the Texans have “zero interest” in trading the 25-year-old signal caller. Additionally, new coach David Culley has insinuated he took the job with the expectation Watson would be the starting quarterback.

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